Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 448 pages, 2.71 × 1.64 × 0.47 in
Published: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0440245230
ISBN - 13: 9780440245230
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 Olivia Grayson sat in the chairman’s seat at the board meeting, listening intently to the presentations, her intense blue eyes taking in each member of the board. Her eyes were quick and sharp. She was totally still, wearing a well-cut navy blue pantsuit, and a string of pearls around her neck. Her hair was a sleek bob, cut to the level of her jawbone just below her ears. It was the same snow-white color it had been since her early thirties. She was one of those striking women you would notice in any room. She was timeless, ageless, with high cheekbones and an angular face, and elegant hands as she held a pen poised above her notepad. She always took notes at the meetings, and had a flawless memory of what went on, in what order, and everything that was said. Her keen mind and sharp business sense had won her the reputation for being brilliant, but more than anything she was practical and had an innate, unfailing sense of what was right for her company. She had turned the profitable hardware store her mother had inherited years before into a model for international operations on a mammoth scale. The Factory, as they had renamed it when it moved from its original storefront in a suburban locale outside Boston to an old empty factory building, was an astounding success, and Olivia Grayson along with it. She was the image of power as she presided over the board meeting. She was strong, innovative, and creative, and had started working at The Factory after school
From the Publisher
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult
choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful
businesswoman missed out on much of her children's lives while she
built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel's
character-rich new novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance
the present, and makes amends where due, while still running her
vastly successful business.
THE SINS OF THE MOTHER
As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months
every year planning a lavish holiday that everyone in her family
will enjoy. This summer she has arranged a dream trip in the
Mediterranean on a luxurious yacht, which she hopes will be the
most memorable vacation of all. Her lavish gesture every year
expresses her love for them, and regret at all the important times
she missed during her children's younger years. Her younger
daughter, Cassie, a hip London music producer, refuses the
invitation altogether, as she does every year. Her older daughter,
Liz, lives in her mother's shadow, with a terror of failure as she
tries to recapture her dream of being a writer. And her sons, John
and Phillip, work for Olivia, for better or worse, with wives who
wish they didn't. In the splendor of the Riviera, this should be a
summer to remember, with Olivia's children, grandchildren, and
daughters-in-law on board. But as with any family gathering, there
are always surprises, and no matter how glamorous the setting
things don't always turn out as ones hopes.
Family dynamics are complicated, old disappointments die hard, and
as forgiveness and surprising revelations enter into it, new bonds
are formed, and the future takes on a brighter hue. And one by one,
with life's irony, Olivia's children find themselves committing the
same "sins" for which they blamed their mother for so many years.
It is a summer of compassion, important lessons, and truth.
The Sins of the Mother captures the many sides of family
love: complex, challenging, funny, passionate, and hopefully
enduring. Along the way, we are enthralled by an unforgettable
heroine, a mother strong enough to take more than her fair share of
the blame, wise enough to respect her children for who they really
are, and forgiving enough to love them unconditionally.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the
world's most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her
novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Friends
Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendôme, Happy Birthday, 44 Charles
Street, Legacy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also
the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick
Traina's life and death, and the memoir A Gift of Hope.